Proposed Standard Requirements for In Vitro Fertilization Persuasive Essay

Proposed Standard Requirements for In Vitro Fertilization
Persuasive essay that advocates for establishing prerequisites to receiving in vitro fertilization treatment.
# 120035 | 2,496 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper argues that in vitro fertilization should be permitted only for individuals who fulfill certain prerequisites. The paper lists income, criminal history, family stability, and age as facets that should be subject to checking and verification before reproductive assistance of this type is allowed. The paper opines that such requirements would protect the best interest of any children resulting from the treatments, referring frequently to Virginia Held's work, "Feminism and Moral Theory." The paper concludes that, ideally, a woman who needs reproductive help should be required to prove that she is able to care for the child she wishes to create.

From the Paper:

"While the idea of guidelines and requirements seem positive, it cannot be forgotten that these requirements are not infringed upon women who are fertile. A 60-year-old woman could potentially become pregnant and raise a child and only if she makes a mistake does her child's welfare become a government issue. A woman living paycheck to paycheck can conceive and have a child without having to pass any income check. A women caring for 6 other children on government welfare can naturally conceive more children without answering to anyone and continue to get aid. Why is it that if a woman needs to ask for help she must prove her ability to mother to the government and doctors? Held would argue that because the woman regardless of which scenario she is in chooses to give birth she is ultimately responsible for the well being of the child, through keeping it and raising it or giving it up for adoption. However, when a woman chooses to get pregnant, she is responsible for the raising of the child. Women who receive in vitro are most often if not always receiving it for the sole purpose of raising a child. Therefore, she was not placed under any type of economic or social pressure, nor was her pregnancy the result of unprotected intercourse. She chose to conceive and give birth to a child, for the sake of being a parent. One could argue the woman was under the pressure of doctors or reproduction facilities, however that pressure is for her to spend money in hopes of getting pregnant. The only reason she is already in contact with these people is because of her desire to raise a child. Therefore, the pressure is not in becoming pregnant but in the way she conceives."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Archibold, Randal C. "Octuplets, 6 Siblings, and Many Questions." New York Times, 3 Feb. 2009. Web. 10 Mar. 2010. <>.
  • Held, Virginia. "Feminism and Moral Theory."
  • Mooney, Nan. (Not) Keeping up with Our Parents: the Decline of the Professional Middle Class. Boston: Beacon, 2008. Print.
  • Peterson, M.M. "Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Equity of Access Issues." Journal of Medical Ethics 31.5 (2003): 280-85. Print.
  • Pfeffer, Naomi. The Stork and the Syringe: a Political History of Reproductive Medicine. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 1993. Print.

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